Expectations for Surgery
Laser vision correction is a safe and popular procedure that provides freedom from glasses and contacts. Although millions of people have undergone laser eye surgery, there is still some apprehension about the procedure. Our goal is to take the mystery out of this miraculous procedure. We want you to be fully informed and comfortable with the entire process. It is perfectly normal to be nervous, but rest assured you are in good hands. Laser vision correction is virtually painless. Patients will only feel a few seconds of pressure.
I was extremely nervous…but the atmosphere is so calm. And it really isn’t that big of a deal – practially painless and really quick. They talk you through the entire process … the decision to get LASIK was pretty tough for me, but in retrospect I shouldn’t have doubted it for a moment! I can’t encourage others enough to make the same investment, and Restore Vision Centers is a wonderful place to do it.
What to expect: Your Guide to Laser Eye Surgery
We will lead you into the surgery suite and ask you to sit on the laser bed.
The surgical technician will help you lie down and make sure you are comfortable.
Once you are comfortable, we will apply numbing eye drops to your eyes.
Before the procedure begins, your surgeon will answer any additional questions or concerns.
The surgeon will gently hold open your eyelids with a lid holder.
You will be positioned and asked to focus on a fixated light.
The surgeon will gently create a flap on the surface of the cornea. It takes only seconds per eye. The patient may feel a few seconds of pressure.
Next, the surgeon will gently lift the flap. Your vision will be blurred. You will continue to concentrate on the light.
The VISX Star S4 laser is used to reshape the cornea and correct your vision. As your vision is being corrected, you will hear clicking from the laser. This takes about a minute or less.
The laser is equipped with eye tracking technology. If your eye moves during the procedure the laser will track the movements and adjust accordingly.
After the surgeon is finished with your treatment, he will gently place your flap back into place and apply more drops. Your eye will heal quickly and naturally.
Throughout the procedure, your surgeon will let you know what is happening.
The lid holder will be gently released, and the surgical technician will help you sit up.
Vision will be blurry for the remainder of that day. You will receive sunglasses in your aftercare kit to help with light sensitivity.
The surgeon will take another look at your eyes before you relax in the recovery suite.
The entire procedure is less than 15 minutes.
Following your procedure, you will have 4 to 5 hours of discomfort. We recommend taking a nap during this time. Most patients are able to drive the following day and resume their normal activities.